The Geography of Bliss

The Geography of Bliss

One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

Book - 2009
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Draws on the author's experiences as a foreign correspondent to evaluate more than three dozen countries for their happiness potential, in a survey that includes profiles of such locales as the American shores, glacial Iceland, and the Bhutan jungles
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2009
Edition: 1st trade edition
ISBN: 9780446698894
Characteristics: xiv, 345 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 24, 2017

Hands down one of the best travel books I've read. It made me want to jet off to Iceland or Bhutan but it also made me think about the things in my life that make me happy. Absolutely wonderful, fun, and heartwarming!

Apr 06, 2017

What a pleasant surprise! This book is charming, witty, amusing and informative at the same time. It is one person's search for ultimate happiness. His journey takes him to ten countries in persuit of who, where and why are people in their blissful state. Eric Weiner describes each county with a great dose of humour: " The Swiss hate talking about money. They rather talk about their genital warts than reveal how much they earn." Or describing his friend handling drugs, " Rusty handled a bong the way Yo Yo Ma handles a cello."
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JCLCourtneyS Dec 31, 2016

I found myself considering happiness, what it means, and how people attain it in a new light each time I picked up this book. Each country profiled was fascinating and added something to the discussion. This book was an engaging but slow read, with a great sense of humor.

Nov 07, 2016

Not a bad book, but not a pager turner!

Apr 25, 2016

This is one of those book that you will look forward to reading and thoroughly enjoy the story with the added humor.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "Interesting travel book examining happiness. A bit of a slow read and no ultimate 'solution,' but all in all enjoyable."

Bierlingen Oct 14, 2013

An excellent read, especially for those who enjoy travel or like to know about other countries and cultures. Eric Weiner has an objective look at how others live and what brings happiness in life. Quite often it is quite removed from where we expect happiness to be found and other times not. Though sociological in basis, it brings moments of laugh out loud humour and interesting insights.

Jan 10, 2013

Very fun to read and a great arm-chair traveling whirlwind of places and what makes them unique and in some cases, blissful. Recommended.

Cswese Nov 16, 2011

This is an amazing book! Changed my way of thinking about life. He was easy to follow, the writing was witty, and I didn't have any problems with becoming uninterested. Truely an amazing writer and traveler, with interesting, comical and witty remarks and insights.

Jul 25, 2011

I highly recommend this. Not only has it made me think about the value of boredom and paying attention to whatever I'm doing as a formula for being happier with my life, it has also made me seriously consider visiting Bhutan- of all places. (Me! a big fan of clean toilets and well paved roads.) What other book can accomplish that while intermingling humor calculated to make even the most determined grump smile.

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